Enabling energy efficiency and smart technologies

It is smart to become efficient, but is it always efficient to become “smart”?

The energy transformation towards low carbon production makes the system more complex and more volatile – a challenge for all involved. The new markets require smart generators, smart grids and smart consumers, plus smart markets where they can interact. Being “smart” means collating information, understanding it and reacting appropriately to what it reveals. We help our clients do this.

Yello Strom, Germany

Frontier advised Yello Strom on the potential benefits to retailers, network operators and end users of introducing smart metering in Germany. This included comparing mandatory and voluntary models and the degree of customer choice in technology selection. The work specifically considered household structures and typical and prospective electricity applications in Germany. The study concluded that in the German context, a selective and tailored roll-out of smart metres would lead to higher benefits to society than a full mandatory roll-out. The findings of the study are consistent with the smart metre legislation subsequently adopted by the German government, where smart metres are mandatory only for sites for which benefits clearly exceed costs.

We have been working on the regulatory and commercial implications of smart grids in Great Britain both for policy makers and for industry. We have worked successfully with Ofgem, DECC and the Smart Grids Forum (SGF) to help the Forum decide how to play and so considered the implications smart grids would have on the regulation of energy networks as part of Ofgem’s RPI-X@20 project, as well helping to develop the Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF).

We work extensively on demand-side response (DSR) both for policy makers and for industry. This includes European experience working with clients on projects such as the potential value of remote load control services in the French market. This required estimating the future importance of local control of distribution connected generation and load in France. We also evaluated ways in which local controllability should be included in the proposed French capacity mechanism.

In Great Britain we worked on a project for DECC to review evidence on DSR trials in the domestic electricity sector, in the UK and internationally.

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Energy Technologies Institute (ETI)

Frontier designed and evaluated business models and policy mechanisms to encourage uptake of energy efficiency measures and low-carbon heating technologies. We looked at the business models that may be expected to emerge and the impact policy could have in making sure that the market delivers value to consumers. This work is part of the ETI’s £100m Smart Systems and Heat Programme.